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Feb 14, 2018 - 3:33:02 PM
89 posts since 1/19/2018

What is thumb leading?

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:13:23 PM

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An old-time two finger playing style in which the thumb plays most of the melody notes (as opposed to index finger). Search for thumb lead in the archives here.

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:22:32 PM
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Check here http://2ftlbanjer.wordpress.com/, the many tabs posted here on the HO by Jan Olov (janolov),  and this video is worth watching as well http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXRooshOGuc

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:26:18 PM
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And index lead is it's close cousin. Chip Arnold is the resident "expert" on index lead. Check this video out  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYVNc7k3ZGo

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:43 PM

89 posts since 1/19/2018

Isn't it the style Roscoe Holocomb plays?

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:52:20 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Kellie

Isn't it the style Roscoe Holocomb plays?


It is one of the various picking styles used by Holcomb, but not his only one.

Feb 15, 2018 - 8:30:18 AM

89 posts since 1/19/2018

Oh what style does Roscoe use to play the hills of Mexico?

Edited by - Kellie on 02/15/2018 08:31:09

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:37:51 AM
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janolov Players Union Member

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38717 posts since 3/7/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Kellie

Oh what style does Roscoe use to play the hills of Mexico?


Hills of Mexico is typical thumb lead

Feb 15, 2018 - 11:29:15 AM

89 posts since 1/19/2018

Does anyone have the tabs for the thumb leading version of the hills of Mexico?

Feb 15, 2018 - 5:26:47 PM
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1458 posts since 5/2/2012

Take a look at janolov's tab here on the HO.  Note that it is rated as an intermediate level tune.

Edited by - thisoldman on 02/15/2018 17:28:21

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:09:55 PM

89 posts since 1/19/2018

I checked it out. It just doesn't sound right. It sounds like a different tune entirely to me.

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:31:17 PM

RG

USA

2749 posts since 8/7/2008

There is a tab in Art Rosenbaum's book "Old-Time Mountain Banjo"... just put your banjo in G modal gDGCD or the variant fDGCD (Roscoe uses both tunings in recordings of the tune, usually up or down a step), and use the chord shape fourth string 3rd fret, second string 2nd fret and first string 3rd fret for the majority of the tune, the high part is just first string 3rd to 5th fret, in this part, he plays the first string with the thumb not the index finger...that is the only tricky part of the tune. If you make the chord shape and listen to Roscoe, you'll figure it out real quick. It actually is a pretty easy tune to play, but difficult to play right timing/accent-wise if you're trying to sound like Roscoe...

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:53:55 PM

RG

USA

2749 posts since 8/7/2008

Here's a version I just whipped up on my iPhone pretty much holding the chord shape down the entire time...hope it helps out a little to get you going...I played through Jan's version too, it's a cool arrangement of the tune, I liked it...don't forget to sing this one...


Feb 16, 2018 - 7:52:22 AM

janolov Players Union Member

Sweden

38717 posts since 3/7/2006

I have added a tab of Roscoe's playing in the Tab archive: https://www.banjohangout.org/tab/browse.asp?m=detail&v=19899. He used the thumb on the first string to play the high notes (I usually prefer to go high on the second string instead).

Feb 16, 2018 - 1:50:53 PM

89 posts since 1/19/2018

Thank you so much, Janalov

Feb 17, 2018 - 2:57:48 PM

175 posts since 6/27/2017

quote:
Originally posted by RG

Here's a version I just whipped up on my iPhone pretty much holding the chord shape down the entire time...hope it helps out a little to get you going...I played through Jan's version too, it's a cool arrangement of the tune, I liked it...don't forget to sing this one...


What brand and model banjo are you playing ? Sounds excellent!

Edited by - Tani on 02/17/2018 14:58:40

Feb 17, 2018 - 3:58 PM

RG

USA

2749 posts since 8/7/2008

Thank you Tani, its just a RK-25R Madison I've had for years, picked it up on ebay for a couple hundred about 4-5 years ago. Set up with a medium goatskin head and vintage Grover bridge...

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